Arts & Culture, Fuinneamh

Rage Against The Machine: The Last Band That Mattered

By: Mike Finnerty You’ve all heard Killing In The Name at some stage in your life. Be it at prinks, on Grand Theft Auto, Costie’s, or that Christmas number one campaign in 2009, you’ve heard it. It was the calling card of the last truly socially relevant band, Rage Against The Machine. That intro riff hits with the force of …


Arts & Culture, Features, Sports

Meet the UL Student Who has competed in All-Ireland Finals… for video games

By Ivan Smyth Desmond O’Kelly de Gallagh et Tycooly is the PRO for the electronic sports (eSports) club in UL. He knows more than most about the challenges and the stereotypes that surround eSports. E-Sports is a form of competition using video games. They are usually organised, multiplayer video game events. The 20-year-old University of Limerick (UL) student plays the …


Ageing Like An Old Bottle Of Vine

By Máire Nolan Vine’s time to shine, was, like it’s videos, really short-lived, but it left a legacy on the internet that will remain for years to come. The videos will still come up on your newsfeed lately, and yes, you will laugh at them. 2013-14 really was the peak of online creativity due to Vine. The mobile app was …

Instant Family Review: Watchable Family Comedy With Big Ideas

By: Zoha Khan Instant Family is a heart-warming tale centered around the joys and struggles of starting a new family. Arguably one of director Sean Anders best works (best known for lackluster films like Horrible Bosses, Sex Drive, and the Daddy’s Home films) it possesses the rare ability to transcend viewers from hysterical laughter to tears of sorrow in mere …

Us Review: Peele Outdoes Himself

By: Mike Finnerty Horror has always been a genre that’s a trojan horse for social commentary. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is an allegory for McCarthyism-era paranoia, Night Of The Living Dead serves as commentary on race relations in 1960s America, and now over 50 years later, Jordan Peele’s Us is a profound comment on identity and in the late …

Whiplash: The Most Important Film Of The Decade

By: Mike Finnerty Whiplash will be shown on Monday, March 25th at the University Concert Hall in UL. You can buy tickets here.  It’s been five years since Damien Chazelle’s second film, Whiplash, premiered at Sundance. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious festival, and eventually went all the way to the Oscars, receiving a Best Picture Nomination …

Why The Disney-Fox Merger Is Bad For The Consumer

By: Mike Finnerty Good News: Disney now owns the rights to X-Men and The Fantastic Four, which means the Marvel movies can now be accurate to the comics. Bad News: Disney now control 40% of the film distribution market, and thousands of people are out of a job. But hey, at least Wolverine gets to dab with Spider-Man after kicking …

This Hostel Life Author Melatu Uche Okorie Makes UL Return

By: Maxine Bramley The University of Limerick welcomed back Author of This Hostel Life Melatu Uche Okorie for the How I write, Ireland series. The Regional Writing Centre set up this in-depth interview series to invite established Irish writers to share some insight into creative writing for aspiring writers at the University. Okorie is a newcomer to the literary scene …

Why The Commitments Has Endured In Irish Culture

By: Katy Flannery “The Irish are the blacks of Europe, Dubliner’s are the blacks of Ireland, and North-Siders are the blacks of Dublin… so say it loud – I’m black and proud!” Alan Parker’s The Commitments is a brash, soulful, comical, musical adaption of the Roddy Doyle classic ‘The Commitments’, which is the first of the Barrytown trilogy. The film …

Captain Marvel Review: Superhero Outing Soars Above The Rest

By: Daimhlinn Darling Captain Marvel truly is a testament to female empowerment. Premiering on International Women’s Day, the first Marvel movie of it’s kind showcased a strong message for women of all ages; you have nothing to prove. What started as a very confusing montage of memories that the main character, Carol Danvers, was struggling to make sense of, blossomed …